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Flying with autism

Kelowna Airport will host its first-ever YLW Accessibility Tour this weekend.

On Sunday, the Canucks Autism Network will tour families through the entire pre-flight process, including entering the airport, waiting in line, passing through security and boarding a plane.

Airports can create anxiety for kids with autism, as there is so much going on at once.

The I CAN Fly program was developed with Vancouver International Airport in 2014.

It includes a step-by-step storybook outlining the airport routine, an interactive checklist allowing travellers to check off each step as it is completed, as well as an airport  “road map” for families to follow along on their journey.

The program is now in its fourth year, and 300 people have been through it.

Families interested in participating can sign up at canucksautism.ca/events.



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